Anti-rancidity protection for traditional sausage products. An all-natural rosemary preservative for anti-rancidity protection of fresh traditional merguez and chipolatas sausages, VivOX 4 is an oil-soluble, water-dispersible product that can increase shelf life while keeping typical organoleptic characteristics and microbial stability. Merguez and chipolatas are fresh-type sausages made out of beef, pork, chicken and/or lamb. Due to high-fat content they are highly sensitive to oxidation and can rapidly undergo unwanted organoleptic changes, including rancidity. By adding the allergen-free preservative, the shelf-life of these sausages can be extended by 65-80% in comparison to unprotected sausages, while maintaining original taste and flavour components. The preservative outperforms gold standards for these types of sausage products, i.e. citric and ascorbic acid.
K-Tron P100 / K-Tron KT20
A complete batch weighing system features a Coperion K-Tron P100 Batch Weigh Receiver combined with a Coperion K-Tron KT20 loss-inweight twin screw feeder, all in food grade finish. Coperion K-Tron receivers and feeders are ideal for handling a wide variety of bulk materials in the pharmaceutical, chemical, food and pet food industries. The P100 Batch Weigh Receiver combines a vacuum receiver with a reliable weighing system. The resulting combination allows multiple ingredients to be conveyed and weighed so that accurate batching of ingredients can take place on either a cumulative or sequential basis. As a multi material batch weigher the unit accumulates an exact amount by weight of several ingredients (generally max. eight) to form a batch prior to loading a mixer. As a totalizing weigher the unit continuously monitors the throughput of a single material in a process or accurately fills a bulk container.
The production of whey powder is a complex and energy intensive process. It is particularly important to control the moisture content precisely. Too high water content causes stickiness of the whey powder that can disrupt or even stop the production. On the other hand, if the powder is too dry it generates dust and uses excess energy. The moisture content of the product is set within a spray dryer in the final stage of the production line. An advanced process control (APC) solution consists of two tools included in Neste Jacobs NAPCON Suite: NAPCON Indicator, which calculates the material and energy balance information and sends it to NAPCON Controller, the multivariable model predictive control software package which is optimized for control of processes with cross-dependencies. The result is that the APC solution automatically controls the process so that the factory significantly increases its production. At the same time the risk for system downtimes due to bag filter clogging is reduced. Overall a more than 10 per cent increase in whey powder production may be obtained with no increased energy consumption and improved process control allowing an increase in the average moisture content.
Krones has succeeded in designing aseptic valves that provide a combination of safety and affordability. The EvoGuard aseptic seat valves handle classical tasks like rerouting and shutting off product flows, or emptying tanks. EvoGuard aseptic double-seat valves are used for separating hostile media in aseptic and sterile processes. With double-seat valves, the routings in the production operation can be run under preprogrammed control. One salient feature of their construction is the fact that all cross-sectional areas have been responsively designed to match the nominal diameter involved, thus eliminating any restrictions on the flow rate. A modularized range of choices is available, from which individual components can be selected to suit the particular application concerned.
Biochip screening for antibiotic residues in food. Antibiotics are sometimes used to control disease in food animals, however, drug residues in food can pose a health risk to consumers. Allergies to sulphonamide antibiotics are relatively common causing skin rashes, hives, pruritus and anaphylactic shock. It is essential to restrict antibiotic drug residues in foods, both to avoid unnecessary consumer exposure to drugs, and to limit the development of antibiotic resistance by ensuring antibiotics are used correctly and responsibly. Recently, there have been a number of news reports about imported foods that are contaminated with drug residues. This highlights the need for quick, sensitive and cost-effective tests suitable for screening large numbers of samples.
A biochip screening test to detect sulphonamide antibiotic drug residues in meat, honey, feed and livestock is available. The anti-microbial array utilises a biochip containing an array of immobilised antibodies, each specific to a different antibiotic. The biochip simultaneously tests for 12 sulphonamide antibiotics in just 50 microlitres of urine or one gram of tissue, honey or feed. Simple sample preparation procedures and simultaneous testing enable a rapid throughput with minimum effort 540 tests in under 2½ hours. The Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) is the maximum level of drug residue that is permitted in food. The EU has assigned an MRL of 100 ppb for all sulphonamide drugs. The anti-microbial array has sensitivities below 10 ppb for each sulphonamide, more than adequate for drug residue screening. Positive samples are retested using a confirmatory method such as HPLC or LC-MS. Biochip screening for antibiotic residues in food
Alternative to lecithin
Chocolate manufacturers are currently experiencing increased market pressure due to high prices and shortage of raw materials such as IP soy lecithin. One consequence of an inability to source the necessary lecithin could be that the manufacturer has to increase the total fat content in the chocolate e.g. from 32 % to 36 %, a recipe adjustment that would mean substantial increases in costs. Providing a new solution for chocolate manufacturers to avoid the current shortage situation of IP soy lecithin and to enable them to decrease recipe costs, Ammonium Phosphatide Palsgaard AMP 4448 is an efficient alternative to lecithin in chocolate products. Significantly outperforming lecithin in terms of viscosity reduction in chocolate production, the new product does not have the well known lecithin problem of increased viscosity above 0.4 % dosage, thus opening up new recipe innovations. The use of AMP 4448 means that the chocolate manufacturer can save up to 4 % cocoa butter, yet still achieve the same flow properties in the chocolate.
A new series of cooking systems to handle every kind of sugar confectionery is being launched by Baker Perkins. Proven, unique cooking process technologies are at the heart of the AutoCook concept, backed by modular units configured to provide an efficient, automatic solution for a wide range of outputs. The cooking method depends on process and product requirements. The choice includes the Microfilm swept surface cooker, regarded as the industry standard for sugar and sugar-free high boiled and hard candies, including those with milk and cream; the Turbofilm plate pack cooking system ideal for jelly products; the Carablend for toffee and caramel; and a dedicated fondant cooker. Cookers are integrated with skid mounted systems for weighing and mixing, dissolving, pre-cooking and colour and flavour addition. The systems are designed for easy installation, maximum efficiency and minimal cleaning and maintenance. Controls can be either stand alone or integrated with upstream and downstream systems.
AutoCook systems cover the full range of syrup based confectionery including hard candy, lollipops, toffee, fondants, fudge, jellies and fruit snacks. A system can be configured to make a variety of products both soft and hard candies, for example. The systems can feed most types of confectionery forming techniques, including starchless depositing, die forming, slab forming, extrusion, cut and wrap, and starch mogul processes.
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